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The Year in Review: Part one

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More than 800 hockey fans crammed into the Gibsons and Area Community Centre as the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) played host to the Vancouver Canucks Alumni with the Canucks beating the association team of past and present coaches 6-2.


• The Coast’s Tony Duffy was celebrated in the sports pages following his induction into the B.C. Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame in the junior/youth category. We told a story detailing a history of Duffy’s rise in boxing and his mark in the sport on the Sunshine Coast.

• The accolades continued to pour in for Roberts Creek’s Kyla Richey as Sport BC nominated her as university athlete of the year.

• Some of the top senior men’s curlers from around the province called Gibsons home for the B.C. region 11 Lower Mainland provincial qualifier.

• The Elphinstone senior boys basketball team put in a strong showing, going 3-0 to win its own Cougar Classic in Gibsons.

• More than 800 hockey fans crammed into the Gibsons and Area Community Centre as the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) played host to the Vancouver Canucks Alumni with the Canucks beating the association team of past and present coaches 6-2.

• A record 36 teams took to the ice at the Gibsons Curling Club for the annual men’s bonspiel. There were 29 teams from the Lower Mainland, two from Vancouver Island and five local rinks.


• At the Cascades Casino in Langley, 12-year-old Beau Smith in the 90-pound weight category and 14-year-old lightweight Ryan Babor, both of Gibsons, represented the Sunshine Coast Boxing Club (SCBC) in their ring debuts.

• Special Olympics Sunshine Coast Gibsons basketball team hosted a tournament at Elphinstone Secondary School.

Two teams from North Vancouver travelled to the Coast to play the teams from Gibsons and Sechelt.

• The Elphi bantam boys basketball team completed an undefeated regular season and were gearing up for the playoffs. After a 4-0 start in December, the Cougars picked up right where they left off in January after their Christmas break, picking up four more wins to finish their regular season schedule at 8-0.

• The atom rep Blues were excited to announce that they won one of 10 all-star hockey grants from Best Buy Canada and BC Hockey.

• The midget rep Blues started their playoff run following a strong regular season which saw them capture the third seed out of 18 Lower Mainland teams.

• Elphi was celebrating another North Shore championship after the bantam boys beat Handsworth 44-33. The Cougars went undefeated with an 8-0 record in league play and two playoff wins.

• The midget rep Blues advanced to the playoff final four by dispatching Abbotsford in their two-game series.


• For the sixth consecutive year, the ski and snowboard team from Chatelech Secondary School earned a berth into the provincial championships.

Chat won the boys North Shore league banner with another solid season of racing, while the girls’ team won the zone banner for snowboarding the previous two years.

• Elphi senior hoops star Ellen Fallis committed to Douglas College for the 2013/14 season.

• The basketball playoff run ended in Nanaimo for the Elphi senior boys as the Cougars fell 93-59 to St. Michael’s in a wild-card playoff.

• A whirlwind few weeks of negotiations culminated in a first pro contract signing and a move to Germany for Kyla Richey to start her professional career.

• The U14 rep Scorpions defeated the Vancouver Titans 2-1 to capture the gold division title at the West Vancouver invitational tournament.

• Roberts Creek’s Michaela Kane put in a strong showing for Simon Fraser University (SFU) at the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

• After 40 years of having two baseball associations on the Coast, the Gibsons Minor Baseball Association and the Sechelt Central Baseball signed an agreement to join forces.

• Past and present wrestlers from Elphi put in great performances at the high school provincial wrestling championships.

Brandy Perry, now at Carson Graham, won gold. Elphi wrestlers Alysha Monk was second, Alex Ratcliff fourth, Nolan O’Reilly had the best finish on the boys’ side with Jon Sun and Jon Hutchinson, finishing in the top eight.

• SCBC fighter George Vourtsis became the inaugural World Boxing Council (WBC) Western Canadian Amateur boxing champion winning a unanimous decision over rival Ron Pryce of Burnaby at the River Rock Casino in Richmond.

• Sunshine Coast Rapids Lacrosse was hoping for a big season — it’s 10th. Building on the success of last season, the association would have seven divisions with players ages five to 18.

• The Sunshine Coast Strikers, a team of 15 girls from the Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association, came together to win the Surrey Mayor’s Cup.

• Fourteen SCYSA players, five girls and nine boys, ranging in age from 11 to 14 were selected to participate in a Whitecaps Prospects MLS event at the Whitecaps training facility at Simon Fraser University (SFU).


• Brenda Rowe scored a big one for the SCMHA after Canadians in the Pacific region cast nearly 450,000 votes. Rowe was one of four winners of $20,000 in the Kraft Hockey Goes On contest.

• Julia Budd won a three-round battle against Molle Estes at the Invicta FC 5 in Kansas City. The win moved Budd to 3-0 in Invicta FC.

• Lazar Williams had an exemplary performance with a fourth place finish at the Canadian national karate championships in Toronto.

• The Sunshine Coast Skating Club wrapped up their regular season with a fabulous year-end performance night, showcasing CanSkate, junior academy, StarSkate and adult skate members.

• The 36th BMO SC April Fool’s Run welcomed a near-record number of registrations and a dry, calm day.

Lisa Brooking of Langley successfully defended her title, while a new men’s champion was crowned as Nicholas Browne outran defending champion and teammate David Palermo.

• Wolves won the men’s soccer league title, shutting out CPU in the final.

• The Ya Yas completed their dominant season in the women’s league, beating Source for the tournament title to go along with their regular season title.

• The Sunshine Coast Volleyball Club U14 girls finished second in the Lower Mainland Regional tournament.

• Elphi wrestlers Alex Ratcliff and Alysha Monk both qualified for the nationals, but only Alex was able to compete as Alysha broke her foot in the finals of the provincial championships. Alex finished second at the nationals, bringing home a silver medal.

• Ryan Dempster was hoping for a huge season with the Boston Red Sox. The right-hander sat down with Coast Reporter in Toronto during an early season visit for a series against the Blue Jays.

• The annual Vancouver Sun Run was a huge success with more than a hundred runners from all areas of the Sunshine Coast taking part.

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